Building our way forward during COVID-19 and beyond, our Chamber is pleased to announce the newest additions to our talented and dedicated team. Kathryn Newell will be joined by Terry Caddo, Kathy Manness, Bob Elliot and Scott Bridger to help drive the Chamber’s mission forward of connecting leaders, creating opportunities, and actively advocating on behalf of our members while standing strong as a community.

Our President and CEO, Terry Caddo, joined our Chamber on September 13. Leveraging his extensive background in the not-for-profit sector and award-winning experience in the attractions and tourism industry, Terry will work with various stakeholders such as government, business, and community leaders to evolve and grow the Chamber of Commerce for long-term sustainability and maximize value for our membership.

Our most recent addition to the team, Kathy Manness will provide support to the President and CEO and overall HR management, budgeting and finance, regulatory compliance, as well as supporting the Board of Directors, Chamber Committees and Task Forces. Building on her significant experience in the Chamber network as the President and CEO at the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce, and background in public relations, she will be an asset to the team as our new Executive Vice President.

In his role as Director of Government Relations, Bob Elliot will leverage his background on public and private sector boards to drive forward the interest and concerns of our members with key community influencers, all levels of government, associations, and community partners. He will lead the organization in developing public policy agendas and strategies for advocating those agendas, as well as developing project-based strategies to meet organizational objectives in support of our strategic goals. Bob was previously the Manager, Real Estate Sales and Leasing National, Suncor Energy and held numerous roles at Suncor in sales, services, operations, and general management roles and is the current Director of Dimentiability Enterprise. Bob is an active volunteer and currently serving as Chair of the Halton Learning Foundation, and recently co-chaired our Chamber’s Political Action Committee. Bob will work at the Chamber on a part-time basis while he continues in his role at Dimentiability Enterprise.

Scott Bridger has joined our Chamber as Director of Member Servies. With extensive experience in the Chamber Network, he brings 21 years of experience as VP of Membership Services with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce with over 1500 members Scott was instrumental in the growth to one of the largest Chambers in the province. As a resident of Burlington, Scott looks forward to bringing his skill set to our Chamber and serving the local business community. Scott is an active member of the Canadian Chamber Executives of Canada currently serving as the Membership Networking Chair and sits on the Annual Conference Committee. Scott served as President of the Association in 2015 and in 2016 was awarded the Canadian Chamber employee of the year. Scott also serves and is passionate about the community he works in as past President of Waterloo Region Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years.

Kathryn Newell is pleased to continue in her role navigating the member experience, enhancing digital platforms and ease of navigation. She will assist members in setting up and maintaining Member profiles and online presence through the Chamber’s Member Directory. Kathryn’s support and experience at our Chamber are critical to the team and our membership community is thrilled to welcome her back as a vital staff member.

On behalf of the Chamber, we would like to congratulate Megg Markettos and Lindsay Stevenson on accepting new positions in the community. We would like to thank Megg, Director, Member Experiences and Services, and Lindsay Stevenson, Manager, Strategic Communications and Marketing who have provided tremendous support to our members during the pandemic by keeping the business community connected through networking opportunities and enhanced communications. On behalf of the entire Burlington business community, the Chamber Board of Directors, and staff are grateful for their valuable support. We wish them both the best in their new roles!

Please join us in welcoming Terry, Bob, Scott, and Kathy to the Chamber team! Working alongside Kathryn, we are collaborative in our approach to connect business leaders, create opportunities, and actively advocating on behalf of our membership community. Our enhanced team is poised to embark on its next strategic planning initiative with members, stakeholders, and community partners that will continue to build on the incredible work that has already been accomplished.

We look forward to building on the strong foundation the Chamber has set out as an indispensable partner during COVID-19 and beyond. To connect with Chamber staff, please click here.

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